Highlander team strengthened with appointment of new duo

IT services provider Highlander has strengthened its team with two further appointments.

Daniel Beal joins as an enterprise resource planning (ERP) support advisor and will be working in Highlander’s new software division, while Taylor Thrall joins as a helpdesk engineer.

The appointments continue the trend of growth for the business, as well as the widening of the services that it offers.

MD Steve Brown said: “Daniel and Taylor are fantastic appointments as they have the customer focus that we continually strive for.

“The bolstering of both our service desk and on-site operations has been key during the pandemic.

“It is also exciting to be working on new ventures that will soon be ready to launch.  These will complement our existing portfolio and will give our clients greater choice and a greater return from their technology.”


Talented team (Kick)start new roles at Airship  

Airship has recruited five new starters through the Government’s ‘Kickstarter’ programme – designed to get 16-24-year-olds on universal credit into work.

Airship and Toggle CEO Dan Brookman said: “As soon as it was announced, we thought the programme was a fantastic opportunity to get some great talent into the business – so that’s exactly what we’ve done!

“We created the roles around the candidates, filling knowledge and expertise gaps in our team, with the aim of retained employment at the end of the six months.

“Two roles have already gone full time and we’ve another role to fill in sales over the coming months. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have been very supportive in helping us recruit.”

Social media manager Ben Travis has been in post since March. Graphic design specialist Dominika Matuszkiewicz has given the website a total makeover. Lewis McKay is a support engineer, Emma Allsop is customer relationship management (CRM) administrator, and Monique Grimwade has joined the customer success team.


Lord Kerslake takes up role as Sheffield Culture Collective chair

Sheffield Culture Collective has appointed Lord Bob Kerslake to oversee implementation of the organisation’s inaugural strategy and help drive investment and growth in the region’s cultural sector.

Lord Kerslake takes over from Dame Julie Kenny and will take up his new role this month.

Sheffield Culture Collective is a public private partnership which was formed in 2019 in response to a national enquiry into how cities can use culture to drive growth and create a stronger and fairer society.

In July the Collective launched its first ever strategy for how culture can unlock Sheffield’s untapped economic and social potential, spotlighting delivery of four pivotal arts projects including the S1 Artspace at Park Hill, The Graves Gallery and Central Library and Tinsley Art Project.

Lord Kerslake said: “I congratulate the Collective for the excellent work it has already done under Dame Julie Kenny’s leadership in creating its ground-breaking strategy.

“The task ahead is to move this to delivery. This will only be possible with a clear focus on the priorities and close collaboration across the partnership. It will predominately be about influencing leadership and powerful advocacy.”